Today we’re three days in to Ouliposting – the project that is sponsored by The Found Poetry Review and has 68 participants, including me, worldwide! It’s been an invigorating and fun experience so far. Of course, I’m only three days in; however, I am finding even though I work with words everyday as a poet/writer and writing instructor – I’m falling in love with them in new ways! Today our task was to use one sentence out of the newspaper and then reconstruct the sentence with definitions! One of the first articles I stumbled across had a deliciously long sentence with some great words that called my name, so without further ado, I will share my poem, the sentence, the source, and then the Oulipost prompt. Enjoy!
An official elected to act as chief executive
or nominal head of a city, (Toledo):
a group of animals driven
or moving in a body,
being one in addition:one more –
a slender pointed fastener with a head
designed to be pounded in
on this Day of Woden,
to the inside of
a box or chest for burying a corpse.
To hold within,
not in view:
a method for accomplishing an objective,
one more than two,
to commit (money) in order to earn
a financial return.
To express in words
those individuals under discussion,
to hold in possession, to hold in
one’s use, service, or regard.
To make private; especially to change
from public to private control or ownership.
(Toledo): Traveling at high speed
and esp. with few stops. A place
from which aircraft operate
that has paved runways and
Sentence: “Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins drove another nail Wednesday into the coffin containing undisclosed plans three investors say they have to privatize Toledo Express Airport.”
Source: Messina, Ignazio. “Collins grounds bids for airports.” Toledo Blade 3 Apr. 2014. Web.
Dictionary: Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
Select a single sentence from a newspaper article. Replace each meaningful word in the text [verb, noun, adjective, adverb] by its dictionary definition. Repeat this treatment on the resulting sentence, and so on, until you’ve had enough! Note that after only two such treatments with a relatively compact dictionary, even a two-word sentence can produce an accumulation of 57 words.
See you tomorrow!